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17100 BO3-O3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 75 Shelton, WA 98584 Issue 34 ,vlarch 14, 2012 One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER COUNCIL INDIAN VALLEY BEAPJCUPRUM NEW MEADOWS How Wolves Benefit the Ecosystem00 Part I by Dale Fisk Over the past couple months, I've been researching the reasons that people give for reintroducing wolves to Idaho and other states. I began to focus on a central reason that I kept finding--that wolves are good for the ecosystem--and I found 10 ways in which people claim wolves perform that beneficial service. I have my own opinions on the 10 reasons, but I wanted input from people with more training, education and experience. In looking around on the Internet I found some comments and information from Jim Beers--a former U. S. Fish & Wildlife biologist, Special Agent (both state and federal), Congressional Fellow and refuge manager. It turns out Beers is a friend of Walt Okamoto, who is also a former U. S. Fish & Wildlife agent. I emailed Beers, hoping to get a few comments. I got more than I expected; he wrote back with a long ..... answer to my questions and in-deloth comments on the issues. I also contacted Idaho Fish & Game, and talked to Craig White, Ph.D. who is one of their Wildlife Staff Biologists. This is the first of a series of articles to analyze the "wolves are good for the ecosystem" line of reasoning. I will include input from Dr. White, Walt Okamoto, other experts and my own thoughts as well, but Jim Beers was so prolific in his response that much of what will appear in this series will come from him. First a word about a word you will see when reading about this issue: "ungulates." Taken literally, the word broadly means a mammal with See WOLVES  THE ECOSYSTEM, back page Championship Basketball The victorious Lumberjacks pose with their trophy plaque, holding up three fingers to represent their third consecutive win. by Dale Fisk The big, ongoing basketball rivalry between the Council Lumberjacks and the TriValley Titans reached a fever pitch in a close game last week at Cambridge. The donkeys did their part as well. Donkeys?f Did I mention it was a donkey basketball game? And it is quite a rivalry, with a trophy plaque and everything. This was the third year for this hard- fought contest. Council bad won the previous two years, and last year only edged out their rivals by two points. Photo by Dawn Gibson The Titans fought hard thls year, and the halftime score was a nail biter: 14 - 16, Council. Most of the game went on like this, with the two teams neck and neck. Last year, tall man on the Lumberjack team, deb Balderson, rode a short donkey, but this year his mount was tall enough that Jeb could get up on his knees on the animal's back and dunk the ball. This proved to be a deadly weapon against the Titans when Jeb perfected his technique late in the game. In the last 6 to 8 minutes, deb made four dunks, leaving the Titans behind in Lumberjack dust for a big win. Surprise Visit for George Gardner The Record received this letter from George Gardner: While recovering from surgery at the VA Hospital in Boise, I was lying in my bed with tubes running in and tubes running out. I was feeling pretty bad, when lo and behold a ray of sunshine walked through the door! Shyann Getusky and her mom walked in with a big beautiful get well card signed by all the kids at school and pictures of the classes holding the card. I don't have the words to express how that made me feel. Thank you Shyann and Rhonda and thank you all the kids at school. I love you all, George Gardner Shyann Getusky with George Gardner's get well card. Adams County_ Commissioners New Assessor Appointed by Lee Buy New Meadows and Council City requested the County Commissioners set a free dump weekend to help the two communities clean up this spring. The Commissioners agreed to designate at least one weekend early in May for free dump days and would station two dump trucks at each community for collecting trash dur- ing the weekend. The Commissioners will not designate a weekend until the two communities can approve the dates and possibly agree to assisting with the collections. Last year the free dump weekend resulted in a lot of tires being disposed of and not much household waste. The Commissioners want the two com- munities to help in screening the trash to reduce the number of tires collected to just households and not commercial collections. Road and Bridge Supervisor Tom Glenn reported that Idaho Department of Water Resources is requiring that the spillway at Ben Ross Reservoir be either widened or raised to better handle run-off water in the spring. The current spillway is not large enough to handle spring run-off from the reservoir. Glenn also reported on the recent prog- ress in securing right-of-way for the rebuilding of Goodrich Creek Road, which had been washed out in 2010. Rancher Jim Seals has been provid- ing temporary access through his property to the upper property own- ers but wants the matter resolved this spring for a new road to be built into the area, which serves about 17 property owners. Seals asked for, and received, a settle- ment of $7,500.00 for the right-of- way that will be used to rebuild the road permanently. Supervisor Glenn was reluctant to have two Council High School Students assigned to the county shop until liability issues can be worked out. Sheriff Rich Green discussed pos- sible solutions to raising the funds to repay an owner for a gun seized in 2010 that was later sold by his department. The owner had repaid the gun penalty before the dead- line, but the Sheriffs Department did not find out in time. The Sheriff See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, back page New Meadows City Council Terminating JUB Engineering Tabled by Lee Buy New Meadows City Coun'cil dis- cussed their new City Hall Timecard which can be used to track city employees time by budget catego- ries. Mayor Julie Spelman outlined her plans to get familiar with the city computer system by working with City Clerk Mac Quails in the See NEW MEADOWS CrrY COUNCILI back page Green Eggs & Ham A big thank you to Misty Springer, her dad, Bob Springer, and to Tim Hohs, who was Cat in the Hat on our Dr. Suess day at the library. The day started with a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, then Misty reading the children a story. After that, the Cat in the Hat came and made an appearance, and read stories to the children. Where is this? Last week's photo was looking west, down Allison Creek at the "Flat Iron"--the rocky butte just right of center in the picture. The highwa3 is just out of site, running alongside the reservoir formed by the Snake River backed up by Hells Canyon Dam. The entrance to Red Fish Cave is on the side of the Flat Iron, and rock climbers  frequent the rocky sides of the butte. I'm surprised at how many people knew this spot from that angle, and even knew the name of the butte. You have to hike pretty high up a steep trail to reach the spot where the picture was taken. Joe Warner recognized it because his family runs cattle there. Jim Camp knew because he surveyed the trails there for the Forest Service. So their names went in the hat, along with these: Steve Cobb, Ray Stoker, Shawn Ogden, Dave Addington, Kyle Freedman, Larry Boehm and Ken Ward. The name drawn from the hat was Jim Camp. This week's picture might be an easy one, even though there aren't too many distinguishing features in it. The photo was sent in by Fran Villano. This week's prize is a wooden oven tool donated by Virgil Butler of "All About Wood." Entries need to in by 4:00 on Monday. Good luck! I I ' 'SINIIIIII - ................ _ !," ............. ............................... !I ..... ..... , ............ ' ....................